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Chinese Officials Report Additional H7N9 Bird Flu Cases

News outlets report on a growing number of H7N9 bird flu cases in China, fueling concern among experts. Reuters: More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu – WHO “Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World…

Experts Skeptical Ban On Smoking In Public Places In China Can Curb Tobacco Use

News outlets examine China’s proposal to institute a ban on smoking in public places. NBC News: Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking? “…It was hardly a surprise when the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced last week that China — the world’s largest producer and consumer…

Zhejiang Province Is First In China To Relax Family Planning Policy

Wall Street Journal: China’s Zhejiang Becomes First Province to Loosen Family Planning Policy “Eastern China’s Zhejiang province announced a loosening of its family planning policy on Friday, becoming the first province to make good on the Communist Party’s pledge to relax the country’s controversial one-child rule…” (Chin, 1/17).

Stanford Team Travels To North Korea To Assess TB Situation

GlobalPost: Just how bad is tuberculosis in North Korea? “…[I]t’s significant that since 2008, a team from Stanford University has been allowed to visit [North Korea] several times each year to help address the country’s soaring tuberculosis problem. They have even been allowed to set up a laboratory to test…

Philippines Stepping Up Measles Vaccination Program

Wall Street Journal: Philippines to Step Up Measles Vaccination Efforts “The Philippines is stepping up a measles vaccination program in and around Manila ahead of a nationwide campaign later in the year to stem an outbreak of the virus, which killed more than two dozen children last year…” (Larano, 1/21).

Gunmen Kill Three Polio Vaccine Workers In Pakistan; Province Suspends Campaign

News outlets report on the murder of three polio workers in Karachi, Pakistan, and the suspension of the vaccination program. BBC News: Pakistan polio workers shot dead in Karachi “Three polio workers have been killed in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a day after authorities began a new vaccination…

India Should Tackle Malnutrition Through Investments In Education, Researchers Say

The Guardian: Tackling malnutrition in India: the role of higher education Tanusree Paul, research associate at Public Health Foundation of India, and Shweta Khandelwal, research scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India “…One of the biggest, but broadly overlooked factors contributing to India’s nutrition problem is that people are…

Secretary Kerry Announces Additional U.S. Aid To Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“After touring miles of roofless homes and shattered shantytowns destroyed by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced that additional American humanitarian aid would be sent to the Philippines and described the giant typhoon as a warning of future extreme weather…

China Reports First Human Case Of H10N8 Bird Flu

“Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the [WHO] called ‘worrisome,'” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 12/17). “The [H10N8] virus has been detected in birds since 1965…

Washington Post Profiles CDC Medical Officer Who Worked On India’s Polio Campaign

The Partnership for Public Service/Washington Post published a profile of Hamid Jafari, a medical officer with the CDC who worked with the WHO in India to manage the country’s program to eradicate polio. “He is now in Geneva, Switzerland, working on programs to eradicate polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria,”…

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